Hello I’m Matt Fox
Thanks for visiting. Here are some things you might want to know about me and further down you’ll find a couple of videos where you can see me in action talking about my work. That might give you a flavour of what it’s like to work with me.
I’m a post graduate qualified counsellor and ecotherapist in Totnes, Torbay (Torquay, Paignton, Brixham) and Newton Abbot, registered and accredited with the BACP (Register n. 40490). So you can be confident that I have both studied in depth and met nationally recognised standards to practise safely as a counsellor.
I trained as a Psychosynthesis counsellor at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust, the UK’s oldest and most respected training body for Psychosynthesis counselling. The course was validated by the University of East London. Psychosynthesis is a soulful, gentle way of being both with your pain and your potential, and believing in each person’s individual wisdom and capacity to feel well and whole.
In my earlier life, I did my first degree at the University of Oxford and then a PhD.
Why I became a counsellor
Like many, I came to counselling having had a profound and life changing experience of counselling myself. This inspired me to train as a counsellor and to offer the potential of that healing experience to others.
Another of the things that has helped me throughout my life is being in nature. I felt this might be the case for some of my clients too. So I also trained in depth as an ecotherapist with the late Martin Jordan, one of the UK’s leading practitioners and innovators in this space, developing skills to take counselling outdoors into nature.
I love writing too, for its own sake and as a therapeutic tool. As well as my own blog, I write for the Counselling Directory, the most popular UK directory of counsellors and have been featured in Sussex Counselling’s magazine talking about ecotherapy. I run occasional therapeutic writing courses in Totnes, Paignton and Newton Abbot.
My special interest: adult children of narcissistic parents
Over the years, I’ve developed a particular interest in working with adult children of narcissistic parents. This mouthful of a term relates to people who’ve somehow had an experience of parenting that really didn’t connect or support them with who they are. The opposite in fact. They often had to mould themselves to fit who their parents wanted them to be. A narcissistic parent can be harsh or demanding of love on their terms. Their children often lack confidence or self-esteem, spend life second guessing others’ intentions and form difficult, co-dependent relationships.
People rarely come to see me with saying they had a narcissistic parent, but it often emerges in our work together. I work to help them reclaim their own story, sense of self and re-define, if helpful and needed, the relationship with a difficult parent.
With time and healing, it is possible to shed those old beliefs and patterns and to step into life with clarity and courage, living the life they want to on their terms.
My life experiences
As counsellors we tend not to disclose too much about our lives, but it can be helpful for you to know ‘what made me’ and whether I might be able to get ‘what makes you.’ Feel free not to read this if you’d rather not know.
I bring a rich and diverse set of life experiences to my counselling practice. I’ve lived and worked abroad in Europe and Asia and understand what it’s like to be a foreigner trying to make your way in a different culture. I grew up in a bi-lingual environment, and have a good sense of the joys and challenges of coming from a multi-cultural background.
Earlier in my life I worked in education, and then had roles in both the public and private sectors.
I’ve worked with many different types of organisations and people in the UK, US and Europe. That’s given me some great insights into relationships at work and outside, as well as a good idea of the politics and challenging dynamics you sometimes get in groups and organisations.
I’ve also set up and run a business, with all the highs and challenges that come with that. During that time I particularly enjoyed seeing people learn and develop their potential, and to bring more of themselves to work. That was also part of my inspiration to train as a counsellor.
Introduction to Counselling in Totnes, Paignton and Torquay Video
Introduction to Ecotherapy in Totnes, Paignton and Torquay Video
Hours and location
The Nautilus Rooms
35a Fore Street
19 Croft Road,
My main hours of work are:
Monday to Thursday
9am to 6pm
For indoor counselling my fees are £45 for a 50 minute session.
For counselling outdoors and ecotherapy my fees are £45 for a 60 minute session and £67 for a 90 minute counselling session.
I offer a limited number of concessionary slots for those unable to afford the full fee. Please get in touch to find out more.
I accept payments in cash, bank transfer or debit or credit card (£1.50 fee applies.)